With spring semester starting at the University of Arizona today, there are officially ten early enrollees on campus and on the football roster.
Among them are junior college transfers Jerrard Randall (quarterback), Jerod Cody (defensive line), Patrick Glover (cornerback), Kaige Lawrence (offensive line), Antonio Smothers (linebacker), and Jeff Worthy (defensive tackle formerly at Boise St.).
Joining these seven guys are three straight from high school in Jonathan Haden (running back), T.J. Johnson (RB/WR) and Michael Unzicker (PK/P).
Of course most eyes will be on Randall and Haden this spring, both of whom will be looking to earning starting spots at their respective positions.
With Ka'Deem Carey officially declaring for the NFL Draft, and Jared Baker likely missing all of next year due to a torn ACL suffered against Arizona St., Haden will have a legitimate chance at earning some playing time at running back during spring ball.
Haden is now known as the cousin of Jalen Tabor, who recently flipped his commitment from Arizona to Florida after his mother got too involved in the process.
Haden will go up against the likes of Pierre Cormier and Zach Green to earn the right to be the guy to replace Carey. Cormier was impressive in last year's fall scrimmage, and Green brings the threat of a bigger back to add to Arizona's passing game.
Now for Randall. The quarterback competition seems like it will be wide open this year, and getting into Tucson early is big for Randall and his chances at being the starter.
He'll have two seasons of eligibility remaining after red-shirting his freshman year in 2011 and not playing for the Tigers in 2012.
I would say based on Rich Rodriguez's treatment of Scroggins this year he will not really be in the mix, and Dawkins will not have enough time to learn the system showing up in the summer. So it'll be between Randall, Brewer and Solomon.
Let the spring controversies begin!
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